It 2004 the Swedish inheritance tax was abolished by a unanimous riksdag (parliament). How did it happen? How come all political parties in parliament – from the conservative right to the socialist left – agreed on its demise?
This book tells the history of the tax, its abolishment and what consequences it had on Swedish business owners and Swedish business. It also takes a broader perspective and looks out to Europe and the world, proving that Sweden is far from as alone in refraining from taxing inheritance.
The abolishment of inheritance and gift tax marked the start of a broader debate on ownership issues in Sweden, a debate that eventually led to the abolishment of wealth tax and a more reasonable taxation of owner led corporations. The fact that it was the inheritance and gift tax that managed to gather both politicians and the industry around a common goal says a thing or two about which consequences the taxation had on Swedish wealth and business.